But luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to keep your skin healthy, hydrated and luminous throughout the holy month and in time for Eid!
Don’t put your regular skincare regimen on pause
While Ramadan can make us feel lethargic and lazy, make sure you do not miss out on your regular skincare regimen. Exfoliate twice a week, this helps clear clogged pores and your skin feels smoother and looks more radiant. It also stimulates blood circulation in your face; this is great against water retention and puffiness, especially in the morning. Use different face masks, treatment masks according to your skin type and skin problems to keep your skin flawless throughout the month. Similarly, if you take supplements for your skin don’t skip out on them; take the recommended doses of your supplement during iftar and suhoor.
Get enough sleep
When it comes to your skin, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough sleep – 7 to 9 quality hours each night. If you are not getting enough sleep at night in Ramadan, try taking a nap whenever you can to catch up on your sleep.
Don’t go overboard with your face wash
We all try to pray as much as we can in the month of Ramadan but using face wash every time you perform ablution is not a good idea. Face washes strip off the natural oils and moisture from the skin and therefore should only be used twice or thrice a day, not more than that. Washing your face too much can cause dryness and redness on your face which is exactly what you’re looking to avoid. If you feel like you need to freshen up, use a rose water spray instead!
Make smart choices when it comes to food
If you want radiant, healthy looking skin even when fasting, raise your antioxidant intake during iftar and suhoor. Eat foods that are rich in fiber and antioxidants such as berries, dates, almonds, dark chocolate and pomegranates. Have a handful of berries of your choice – they are a great source of the vitamins and minerals your skin needs after a day of fasting and they instantly energize you!
Avoid heavy makeup
Avoid wearing a lot of make-up during the day when you’re fasting such as thick foundations and concealers. The combination of heat, sweat, dehydration and heavy make-up can sadly cause breakouts. Instead, opt for products that are light and moisturizing such as BB creams, tinted moisturizers and lip balms with added SPF.
Don’t skip SPF and moisturizer
We know how one feels especially lazy when fasting but that gives you no excuse to skip out on your SPF and moisturizer. For one, you’re dehydrated already so skipping out on your moisturizer is not a wise decision at all. Secondly, fasting or not fasting, never miss out on SPF if you want your skin to be clear and youthful. If you’re too lazy, simplify the routine by opting for a moisturizer that has SPF in it, it’ll keep your skin hydrated, plump while protecting it from the sun.
Drink plenty of water
We know you’ve heard this like a million times but it actually works! Drink at least eight glasses between iftar and suhoor. Avoid drinking carbonated or sugary beverages such as soda and processed juices, as well as caffeine since it is dehydrating. Drinks like aloe vera juice and coconut water are great options that have natural sugars and are super hydrating. If you do not like having plain water all the time, you can infuse it with fruits since it boosts your immune system, flushes out toxins, keeps you hydrated, and is calorie-free! Moreover you can swap sodas for fresh smoothies and detox juices for skin that’s clear and glowing!